Finally Dark has reached its second season on the platform Netflix.

The series, released in December 2017 and then disappeared from the radars for a fair period of time, will consist of three seasons and although in the last season just released the plots have become even more complex and intricate, I am sure that the director and creator of the Baran bo Odar series will manage to shed light on what he and his crew are staging.

I read somewhere that those who begin to see her feel almost intimidated by the complexity of the story, by the links between the characters and by the times with which everything is marked. Well it is partly true, but if you pay the right attention it is very pleasant for how it was shot, but above all at each episode you remain more and more glued to the screen.

SPOILER ALERT: the article will not contain spoilers from the second season but will be full of references and reflections related to the previous one. If you have not yet watched the first season, we advise you not to continue reading further.

Dark - A snake biting its tail

Image of the Ouroboros snake
Dark - Second Season ^^ '

From the first episode of the initial season there was something unspoken, there was a sense of immanence, and this wait was lived with a sort of suffocating presence that only a Teutonic product can give. Well the second season of Dark is no less, but already in the first episode it throws off the mask showing us how much the series draws heavily from Hermetic philosophy and occultism in general. The Ouroboros snake is the pivotal description of this season, at least until the last episode.

The story unfolds six months after the events that occurred during the first season in which the protagonist is surviving in a future post-apocalyptic world. In the present time his friends continue their lives trying to make sense of what is actually happening and with each step that the characters take it is as if you hear the ticking of a bomb ready to explode. Dark is this above all. A hand-built watch where all the pieces move in unison to take you where history has to go. He never forces your hand to seek an explanation, but when a new piece is added the only thing you can say is "WTF".

The merits of Dark - Second Season

A frame featuring Dark's protagonist, Jonas
That yellow raincoat will eventually stand up on its own!

In my eyes this series has many advantages. As we well understood from the first moment that we put our eyes on these episodes, the series has as its main theme time and travel in the same. For the first time, I was pleasantly satisfied with the time travel. I have seen some series in the past and read some stories, which have attempted to treat the journey through time and have often fallen into the classic paradox or with a plot that made water from all sides with each new time jump (I avoid talking about returning to the future in which Martin Mc Fly's girlfriend is left in an alternative line). Fortunately in this series the temporal relationships, the past which is the future for some characters, the actions that have already taken place and that will be accomplished again in a sort of cycle is all studied, controlled and tested.

The growth of the main characters, as of the antagonists, exactly reflects an emotional growth comparable to the experiences. We will have Jonas, the protagonist, much more active in the events unlike the first season and at the same time we will have Noah, the known antagonist, who will increasingly question himself about good and evil, but above all if as a person he has free will or it is only the umpteenth puppet in a cycle that has already happened.

Another fundamental advantage of the season is symbolism. As we have previously pointed out, Dark is full of mystical, religious and occult symbolism, all combined with a strong relationship with the faith of some characters.

The flaws of the second season

Dark is not free from defects is clear. Some twists are somewhat "trivial": we often find ourselves anticipating what the writer is going to show us. This may not actually be seen as a flaw because it means that the plot holds and helps the viewer to move in it, but other times the choices are really too simplistic for them to hold.

In addition to this "fall" I have found, at least personally, too many references to the film Predestination (in turn taken from the 1959 short story "All you Zombies"). Another dubious note is the growth, or it would be better to say involution, of the character of the protagonist's mother: the latter has always been a deeply negative character in the series, but in the second season she manages to give her worst almost completely random. A character detached from reality, which does not find its own place, and which the writers try to fill with events that do not show the emptiness of the character himself. This makes the character indigestible and difficult to understand, unlike the other protagonists.

Conclusions

One of Dark's key questions
Symbolism in spades

There is no doubt that following Dark is not an easy feat, especially with the season finale that launches the series overbearingly towards the third and final season. The series works, despite all the difficulties that spectators may encounter and I can't wait for 2020 to understand the fate of the city of Winden, Jonas and all the other characters that make this series very interesting. To conclude I would like to leave a passage of a book, mentioned in the second season that fits perfectly for the series:

“Everything is dual; everything is polar: for everything there is its pair of opposites. As similar and dissimilar are the same, the opposites are identical in nature and differ only in degree. Thus the extremes touch; all truths are only half-truths and every paradox can be reconciled "